SSWLHC and Concert Health Presents a 6 Weeklong Training Series: Suicide Safer Care in Primary Care

6 Week Training Series: Suicide Safer Care in Primary Care

About: Suicide Safer Health Care for Social Worker Leaders will introduce providing comprehensive care for patients who experience suicidal thoughts and behaviors. This course is designed for social work leaders who want to improve the care provided in their organization.

Presenter: Sarah Bernes
About Presenter: Ms. Bernes provides training and technical assistance on suicide safer care to health care organizations. Previously, she served as the Director of Suicide Prevention at a network of federally qualified health centers in New York where she oversaw all activities related to caring for suicidal patients including training, policy, and research. She also provided individual and group therapy to a small caseload of high-risk patients. At the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Education Development Center, Ms. Bernes founded the Zero Suicide Institute and was instrumental in developing the Zero Suicide Toolkit. She received her master’s in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public and her master’s in social work from the University of Maryland


  • SSWLHC Members – $750.00
  • Non-Member – $800.00
  • Master’s Student – $125.00
  • Organizations with up to 3 attendees – $700 (per attendee*)
    *Please include contact information for ALL attendees

Click Here to Register Online
Click Here to Download the Group Registration Form

CEU’s: **9 CEU’s will be offered for this webinar.
** Disclaimer: CEU approval is pending. Requirements for state licensing boards vary and it is the responsibility of each social worker to check with their state board(s) regarding the specific continuing requirements for licensure renewal.


  • Week 1- June 14, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm ET – Overview of suicide safer care
  • Week 2 – June 21, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm ET- Language
  • Week 3 – June 28, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm ET- Identifying patients at risk for suicide
  • Week 4 – July 12, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm ET – Safety Planning
  • Week 5 July 19, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm ET- Reducing Access to lethal means
  • Week 6 – July 26, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm ET- Care transitions / Postvention

The learning objectives are:

  • Discuss the core components of suicide safer care
  • Utilize a shared, non-judgmental language when discussing suicide
  • Describe how to create a collaborative safety plan
  • Discuss how to assist patients in reducing access to lethal means
  • Describe how to follow-up with patients during transitions in care
  • Respond after a suicide death or non-fatal attempt

Course Expectations:

Participants will meet once weekly via zoom (web-based platform) for 90 minutes for 6 weeks. Participants will be expected to complete readings and activities prior to each class. Class meetings focus on applying the concepts learned utilizing discussion and case studies. Please note that registration will cap at 20 attendees. Participants are expected to keep their cameras on throughout the trainings to maximize engagement.

Presented by Concert Health and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care